Thanks and Giving

Thanks and Giving

Another year going by, and before we know it the Holidays are upon us. Don’t fret. Life is much more than how we need to have things, we cannot afford to buy. Our world is much bigger than keeping up with others just to ” look good.” Usually single mothers don’t even compete in those areas because they don’t have  Read More »

Appreciation To Others

Appreciation To Others

Many times we all forget to say “thanks” when others have helped us out, or gave us a helping hand. We strive to teach our children good manners and to remember to say “Please and Thank-You,” however sometimes in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we adults might forget to do the same. Maybe we are tired, cranky, or  Read More »

Our Friendships

Our Friendships

We all have those days when we get overwhelmed and it seems like every time we turn around there is another problem. Life can be filled with those days. Sometimes the best way to combat that fatigue and drain, is through friendship. I once read that friends are like the windows to your world. I do believe that. You can  Read More »

Comfort Food

Comfort Food

It doesn’t seem that long ago, when I was cooking the family meals for my children. Since money was always scarce the one meal we had over, and over again, was home-made pasta sauce and spaghetti. It’s pretty rare for kids not to complain about the same old meal, time and time again, but mine loved it. We had sit  Read More »

My Friends and a Cup of Coffee

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As I sit here sipping my coffee, I am thinking about all of you single mother’s and sending prayers your way. Last night I was holding our newest grandchild, two month old baby Ella. As with my other grandchildren I see hope in their eyes. Hope that our world will maintain human kindness that will last a lifetime. Hope that  Read More »

The Family Meal

The Family Meal

All too often advertisers are telling parents to pretend that vegetables aren’t in their children’s food. It’s as is if we aren’t smart enough to make the decision to teach our kids about good nutrition. We are. I feel it makes more sense to encourage our young kids about the healthy benefits of all fruits and vegetables when they are  Read More »

The Dating Dilemma

The Dating Dilemma

Everybody wants to be in love. When single mothers decide to get back into the dating world again, it is not always easy. Not just because you have children, but because you start taking risks that might involve more hurt feelings, again. I would like to think that there is that one “best” time to start over. There isn’t. Some  Read More »

Faithful Parenting

Faithful Parenting

In all of our lives as Mother’s, raising our children is the number one priority. Taking care of them, and doing right by them, is our responsibility. Every now and then, we fall short and struggle with our own uncertainties, and self worth. We all must remember to keep our focus on doing our best. Call on your strengths, your  Read More »

Being a Role Model

Being a Role Model

If I had to choose one sentence that would best describe what I feel parents need to learn, it would be this: Be your child’s BEST ROLE MODEL in all the ways that truly count. Be your child’s HERO. Whatever you do, do it for all the right reasons. Be patient, then teach it. Be kind, then show it. Be  Read More »

The Simple Things…

The Simple Things...

In all my years of raising children I was often asked, “How does it come so easy for you?” Easy isn’t really the right word. Parenting isn’t something that is easy or hard, it is your choice. Everyday when your feet hit the floor you can decide to make this a good day or not. I was one of those  Read More »

About The Author:
Laurie Cesario-OvertonLaurie Cesario-Overton was born and raised in California. She was happily married for many years to a good man, but unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Manic/Depression. They tried counseling, Marriage Encounter and sought guidance from their church, however his health issues became a greater concern and grew into a much bigger problem.

She was a stay at home mother of five, and to supplement their income she took care of several neighborhood children. When her marriage ended, a friend suggested she get Licensed for Family Home Daycare, to add a more professional stamp to her home-based business. It was the best decision for her family at that time.

They did not have much, and faced many struggles and hardships. Even through her most difficult times, she has always said," It is a Gift and an Honor to be their mother." She has been in the business of caring for children for over twenty-five years.

Many families have asked Laurie to write about her experiences and tips on parenting. Due to complications recovering from surgery, she was unable to return to the work she has loved all her life.

In 2007, she remarried a wonderful man and now lives in Nevada. She decided to write her first book titled, "Home Daycare and Practical Parenting". She has begun working on her second book about mental illness and hopes to shed some light on how families are affected. Her children are all grown and now some of them are raising their own babies. She considers herself to be a very lucky mom, with many blessings.

Laurie maintains two websites:

» Homedaycare4You.com - This site is for both Providers and Parents seeking information about Family Home Daycare. Whether you are interested in becoming a childcare provider or you are searching for a smaller, more personal family-environment, you will find valuable information here.

» ParentsTalking.com - A journal blogging site of: Shared stories, Family Life, Raising children and Finding Yourself. Feelings about Sisterhood, Motherhood, and Friendships along the way. Letters describing what it felt like becoming a Grandmother to getting Remarried in your 50's. A little Something for Everyone.